James "Jim" Wiseman

April 11, 1937 ~ December 20, 2021 (age 84)


James "Jim" Franklin Wiseman, 84 of Van Wert passed away Monday, December 20, 2021, at Van Wert Manor Nursing Home. He was born on April 11, 1937, in Van Wert to the late Ralph E. & Leota M. Wiseman. 

On June 16, 1957, he married the love of his life and "brown eyed girl" Margaret A. “Peg" (Brown) Wiseman, who survives. Jim and Peg shared 64 years of true love and devotion together. 

Besides his wife, Jim is survived by his children; Mark (Kathy) Wiseman, Keith (Penny) Wiseman, and Tammy Wiseman all of Van Wert. He is also survived by grandchildren Bryce, Amber, James, and Amelia (Welker) and great grandchildren Braylee, Tristan, Eliza, Tracen and Elisabeth.

Jim is a Van Wert High class of 1956 Alumnus. During and after high school, Jim took pride in operating “R.E. Wiseman and Son Mobil Station” at the corner of Main and Sibley streets. He then went on to serve at Aeroquip for 36 years and spent his retirement working at Statewide Ford and Superior Collision.

He was a true servant to God, as he was a longtime member of Calvary Evangelical Church and most recently attended the First Baptist Church of Van Wert. Jim thoroughly enjoyed worshiping his Lord and Savior by praising Him in the church choir. He gave back to the Van Wert community by being a member of the local Jaycees and an advisor for Junior Achievement. Jim had a memorable voice and shared his talent by singing in a Barbershop Chorus. 

Jim enjoyed spending his free time cheering on the Van Wert Cougars, Ohio State Buckeyes, and Cincinnati Bengals. He was also an avid fisherman, a trait he inherited from his father. Jim was highly dedicated to attending his grandchildren’s events, ranging from band concerts to wrestling tournaments. He was recognized as a multi-gallon blood donor, which he took very much pride in.  

Family meant a great deal to Jim, as he cherished every family member. He was preceded in death by his two sisters: Phyllis A. Turner and Barbara J. Wiseman as well as brother-in-laws, Don E. Turner, Charles H. Brown, Sam D. Brown, Don L. Baker and Stanley Chapin. One sister-in-law, Martha Baker Chapin and his in-laws Bill & Gladys Brown will also welcome his heavenly arrival. 

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home with John Rager officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City. Calling hours are 5- 8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home and one hour ahead of services on Tuesday

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December 27, 2021

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cowan & Son Funeral Home
616 South Washington Street
Van Wert, OH 45891

Funeral Service
December 28, 2021

11:00 AM
Cowan & Son Funeral Home
616 South Washington Street
Van Wert, OH 45891

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